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|Purple.2 is a supportive, responsive, and unique mattress that will help to keep you at a neutral temperature throughout the night.|
Luxury Foam Mattress
|Nest Alexander is one of the nicest foam beds on the market. It also happens to retail for a surprisingly low price point and is double-sided.|
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|Bear Hybrid is extra-supportive, yet highly comfortable and even features a special cover to help promote restful sleep.|
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|Saatva is largely considered one of the best mattresses in terms of value. This is a coil bed with memory foam and an organic cotton cover.|
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|Not only is WinkBed a luxurious mattress, but also it's supportive, extra-durable, and very comfortable thanks to its plush pillow top.|
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|Helix offers a number of different mattresses, including a higher end model called Helix Luxe. The company basically has a mattress for everyone regardless of body type, sleeping preferences, etc.|
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|Avocado is an eco-friendly bed that combines natural latex foam, recycled steel coils, organic wool, and an organic cotton cover. The net result, is a comfy, supportive bed for back and stomach sleepers.|
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There are more mattresses than ever on the market right now. We still have traditional big-box brands such as Sealy and TempurPedic, but over the past ten years we’ve seen a wave of online-only mattresses emerge. In this we post will go over what we consider to be the best mattresses that you can buy for between $1,000 and $2,000. Want something cheaper? Make sure to check out these other lists: Best Mattress Under $1,000 and Best Budget Mattresses.
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Why Purple.2 is worth looking into — The simple fact is that Purple makes mattresses that do a great job of regulating temperature. The proprietary top layer featured on all of their beds does not retain heat the way certain foams do, and, thus, the beds are able to remain at a comfortable sleeping temperature throughout the night. Additionally, Purple.2 has a base layer of support coils, meaning it’s not only great for airflow, but also for support and long-term durability.
Feel — Given that the top layer of the mattress is not a foam, the bed has a completely unique feel. It’s responsive yet pressure relieving and able to accomodate all sleeping positions.
Firmness — Purple.2 is the firmest mattress that Purple makes currently. That said, we still think it will work for all sleeping positions. If you want a softer option from the company, make sure to check out Purple.3 and Purple.4—neither of which sell for under $2,000, though.
Why you’ll like Nest Alexander Signature — This is a luxury mattress that truly sits a level above most foam beds sold online. Because it’s flippable it has two firmness levels (“Medium” and “Firm”) on the same mattress. It also happens to be quite supportive for an all-foam mattress.
Luxury Foam Bed — Part of what makes this bed unique is that it doesn’t have a prototypical foam feel. While the bed has plenty of pressure relief, it’s not so soft that you feel like you’re sinking into it. Nest Alexander really does strike a nice balance between being fluffy and supportive. We’re pretty confident that even people that claim they do not like memory foam will like Nest Alexander.
Firmness Levels — Rather than just offer a single firmness level, Nest Bedding recognizes that you might want to select whichever you think is right for you. As such, they have “Medium” and “Firm” available on the same bed. The “Medium” side can handle all sleeping positions, while the “Firm” side is best for stomach and back sleepers.
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Why we love the Bear Hybrid mattress — We should first start by saying that Bear Hybrid could have easily been our “value pick.” The bed is highly affordable, particularly if you apply a coupon code. Typically, after discount, Bear Hybrid is just above $1,000 for a queen size mattress. Beyond price, though, Bear Hybrid made the list because it’s accomodating in terms of firmness and feel, supportive, and has an x-factor element that we’ve seen on very few other mattresses to date.
Celliant Cover — As too-good-to-be-true as it sounds, the cover on Bear Hybrid and the original Bear mattress has been proven to help with restful sleep, recovery, blood flow, and more. The FDA even approved Celliant as a “medical device” and “general wellness product.” We can’t really tell you if the cover works as claimed, but there’s something (perhaps it’s purely mental) about Bear Hybrid that consistently leaves us feeling rested and energized when we wake up. We think there’s something to the cover, but you’ll have to make your own mind up.
Design — Recently, Bear updated the construction of the mattress to make it more supportive and durable as well as better able to handle sleepers that hug the edges of the mattress. Bear Hybrid is 14″ thick and uses 8″ pocketed coils, gel memory foam, and a responsive, airy foam. The net result is a bed that’s about a medium on the soft/firm scale that should be just fine for all sleepers.
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Why Saatva is so nice — On several occasions, we’ve referred to Saatva as a “tremendous value” or something to that effect. This is a highly supportive mattress with two layers of coils, memory foam, a European pillow top, and an organic cotton cover. We’d expect the price point for Saatva to be close to, if not over, $1,500 for a queen size, however, it’s actually just above $1,000.
Firmness Levels — You can buy a Saatva mattress in one of three firmness levels—Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm. The Plush Soft option is ideal for side and combo sleepers. It has a giant, fluffy pillow top that’s extra comfortable. The Luxury Firm is their most popular model, and it sits at about a medium-firm on our firmness spectrum—good for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. As you’d expect, the Firm model is meant for back and stomach sleepers.
Height Options — In addition to offering three firmness levels, Saatva gives you the opportunity to select from an 11.5″ and 14.5″ height profile. Practically speaking, the difference is mostly about aesthetics, but we do love that Saatva gives you so many options.
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Why WinkBed should be on your short list — WinkBed looks and feels like it costs a fortune, but it doesn’t. This is a hybrid mattress with two layers of coils and a plush cover made of plant-based fibers. WinkBeds are handmade in the USA and carry a lifetime warranty. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the company gives you four models to choose from.
Mattress Models — They offer a Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, and Plus model. As you’d expect, the Softer version is best for side sleepers and will have a fluffy, bouncy feel. The Luxury Firm still has the softer and airy pillow top, but adds a little in the way of firmness—not too much, though. The Luxury Firm is the most popular and is just fine for all sleeping positions. The Firmer version is primarily made for back and stomach sleepers.
Plus Model — The normal WinkBed models are about 15″ thick and are among the most durable and supportive beds you can buy online. The Plus model, however, takes things to the next level. The Plus model is designed specifically for individuals weighing up to 500 lb. It’s a beast of a mattress and yet still looks as luxurious as the others. WinkBed is an annual favorite on our Best Mattresses for Heavy People list.
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Why Helix Luxe is a great bed — Helix Sleep, as a company, is focused on the idea that no one person is the same, and, as such, our mattresses should be tailored to our exact sleeping preferences. The company offers over 10 distinct mattresses that run the gamut in terms of different levels of support, firmness, and coolness. What makes Helix Sleep so interesting, however, is that they don’t just say “Ok now, we’ve got a bunch of beds. Go pick whichever you like.” They’ve actually devised a sleep quiz on their website that asks you a series of questions to narrow down your search to the single best mattress for your particular situation.
Luxe Models — The company started with six core models and three speciality models, but recently added Luxe models that are more premium in terms of aesthetic, build, and features. They all have a cooling phase-change cover, a thick and plush pillow top, as well as zoned support coils. Helix Luxe mattresses are a good deal more expensive than their normal beds, but if we, ourselves, were working with a budget of $2,000 we’d rather have a Luxe model.
Couples — In the section above, I mentioned that Helix has a few speciality models. Two of those models are designed for couples that are complete opposites in terms of sleeping preferences. One might be a strict side sleeper that wants a soft bed and the other, a back sleeper that wants a firm mattress. Interestingly enough, Helix offers beds that feature two different firmness levels in one (i.e. left and right side). This is the reason that Helix made our list of the Best Mattresses for Couples and so many others.
Calling all eco-conscious shoppers — Avocado is frequently considered the natural mattress online. It uses recycled steel coils, organic wool imported from India, natural latex foam, and organic cotton. It’s not the most affordable bed on this list, but it’s really not trying to be. Avocado is designed specifically for people that want a natural/organic mattress and are willing to pay for it. They even offer a vegan mattress.
Pillow Top — The base model of the Avocado mattress is quite firm, but they do offer an optional pillow top that adds a few extra inches of latex foam. The topper only softens the mattress just a little, however, so the bed remains best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers—also, heavier side sleepers.
Certifications — This bed has certifications galore. Each bed is GREENGUARD Gold Certified that means they are indeed safe to sleep on and keep in your home. The natural Dunlop latex is sustainably sourced and is even certified by the eco-INSTITUT. The wool inside the mattress is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. The cover is made of 100% GOTS Organic Certified Cotton. That’s not even the entire list. The point is, Avocado is a really nice, eco-friendly mattress. You can see all of their certifications on AvocadoMattress.com.
Why would a person spring for a more expensive mattress you ask? If you’re a single and healthy millennial with an entry level job and an overwhelming amount of college debt, a high-end mattress may not be of the utmost importance to you. If you’re a businessman or woman who just landed a great new promotion, and your significant other has been constantly complaining about the dinky 10-year-old mattress in your bedroom because they have back problems, you may want to consider a high-end product.
While there are people who may argue that your regular run-of-the-mill mattress will get the job done at a lower price, this may not always be the case. If you sleep the recommended eight hours a night, you’re spending approximately a third of your life in bed. That’s far too much quality time with a mattress if you’re not getting exactly what you need from it. There are different characteristics found in high quality mattresses that you usually won’t see on the opposite side of the price spectrum, making it worth the extra dough for some folks.
There could be many different reasons why somebody would rather opt for the mattress with a higher price tag than other less expensive options on the market. Let’s say you’re an athlete—a football player to be more precise, and your main job is to tackle other incredibly large men. You should probably consider a luxury mattress that accommodates large sizes and offers targeted support for the body.
Maybe you’re in a relationship and your significant other would describe you as an anti-cuddler. When a couple sleeps on opposite sides of the bed, they may want extra edge support so you and your loved one don’t go rolling off the side in the middle of the night. Whatever your reason, there’s a variety of different mattresses you can choose from that will fit your specific needs.
Mattresses come in a wide range of softness or firmness, materials, and sizes. Here are a few options you have when trying to decide which mattress is right for you.
Innerspring or Coil Mattress — If you’ve ever jumped up and down on a bed and were actually able to catch some air, chances are it was on a spring or coil mattress. These are the types of mattresses your grandfather and grandmother are probably more acquainted with. Traditional innerspring beds have an interlocked system of coils that work together to provide support, while newer coil beds usually have individually pocketed coils the provide support, but also better motion isolation than innersprings. Generally, the more coils there are in a mattress, the more support it offers. We recommend innerspring or coil mattresses to people who weigh more than average, like those athletes we mentioned earlier, because they’ll usually last longer for those who are more heavyset than a foam bed would.
Memory Foam — One of the most popular mattress types on the market is memory foam. Many people would consider them to be comfortable since they’re really soft and the foam offers pressure relief to the hips and shoulders. Memory Foam also limits motion transfer, meaning you won’t feel your partner get up for a glass of water in the middle of the night. It also has a slow response rate after you apply pressure to it, as opposed to an innerspring or coil mattress that has a bounce aspect to it. There are other people, however, who don’t prefer memory foam due to the deep viscous feeling the dense foam gives you. Plus, it’s been known for getting a little warm because it can retain body heat, so if you’re a hot or sweaty sleeper, memory foam may not be the best mattress material for you.
Latex Foam — Latex foam can be somewhat characterized as a combination of coil and memory foam. While it doesn’t contain actual coils, the way it bounces back after application of pressure mimics the responsiveness of coil mattresses. Latex foam is a high quality material and is also hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice if you’re somebody with allergies or are health-conscious.
Polyurethane Foam —Also known as neutral foam, polyurethane foam is a popular choice among bed-in-the-box companies because it’s considered to be comfortable for most people who lay on it and it’s generally quite cost effective. If you aren’t looking for a true memory foam feel and prefer something a little more neutral and safe, you may want to consider going with polyurethane foam.
Gel Memory Foam — It’s essentially memory foam with an added gel component to make it considerably cooler than your traditional memory foam mattress. One of the main concerns people have with memory foam is that it gets pretty hot during the night after hours of hugging your body and retaining its heat. The gel memory foam was the mattress companies’ response. Often, the lower end mattresses will claim they have a cooling agent, but fall short of expectations. Make sure you’re on high alert for these types of brands and double check that they have a risk-free trial offer, so you aren’t obligated to keep the mattress if you aren’t fully satisfied.
Gel-Like Mattress — This category is almost exclusively saved for brands like Purple, who use a gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer on top of foam (foam and pocketed coils with the newer models) to provide a unique sleeping experience for anyone who tries it out. If you used Jansport backpacks back in the glory days, you have probably felt the gel-like material in the straps before. Now, whether you like it or not it all depends on the way you associate the word “unique” with a mattress. Some people enjoy the gel-like ice cube tray structure, while some don’t care for it at all. One thing is for sure, the mattress is incredibly breathable and good for hot sleepers who are looking for a bed with good airflow. If you’re somebody with money to spend and you’re open to a new, non-traditional mattress, Purple might be for you.
“Sleeper type” refers to the position or positions that you are most comfortable sleeping in. You either prefer sleeping on your back, stomach, side, or a combination of all three. It’s important to find a mattress that caters to your sleeper type for maximum comfort and support. Think about it this way: If you have flat feet and are a size 10 shoe, you’re probably not going to purchase a size 8 with terrible arch support. If you do, you’ll most likely feel some pain and be in need of a foot rub at the end of the day. Same thing goes with your mattress!
If you sleep on your back or stomach, we recommend you look into a firmer mattress so it can provide support to the areas your body will need it most: your hips, shoulders, neck, and trunk area. With a soft mattress, these parts of your body will sink into the bed causing your spine to be misaligned for the duration of your sleep. Similar to the shoe example, you’ll likely wake up in the morning with aches or an overwhelming urge to crack your back (and not in a good way).
If you’re a side sleeper, you should consider a softer mattress so the curves of your body are supported where needed and have space where necessary. A soft mattress will contour itself to the shape of your shoulders and hips as opposed to a firm mattress that will push up against you, causing that pins-and-needles feeling, cut off circulation, or uncomfortable compression.
If you choose to invest (because it really is an investment) in a high-end mattress, it’s probably a priority for you to make it last at least eight to ten years to get your money’s worth. Even though you have a bed with high quality material, upkeep on your mattress is important to ensure it stays that way.
Chances are, your mattress won’t have a machine washable cover. Some brands claim the cover is removable, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re machine washable. In our opinion, if you can’t wash the cover then it’s a little unnecessary to remove it. Some mattress covers are also really difficult to put back on after removal, so unless a brand specifically states their mattress cover is machine washable, we recommend you use a different method to wash it. If having a machine washable cover is an absolute must for you, take a look at Yogabed or Novosbed.
Say it’s your anniversary with the spouse and you pop open that bottle of Dom Perignon you’ve been saving for a special occasion, but you spill a little on the mattress. You can use a mild detergent and a damp microfiber towel to spot clean the spill. Be careful, however, to not get the mattress too wet or saturated with detergent as that can damage the foam. Wait until it dries to put your sheets back on.
If you want to avoid spills on your mattress completely, we recommend purchasing a mattress protector. A lot of brands offer mattress protectors on their sites, but it isn’t necessary to get the “matching” protector for your bed. Any protector of the right size will do and you can find a decent variety of affordable options on Amazon. With a mattress protector, you can have peace of mind that whatever you spill on the mattress won’t leave an everlasting stain, and it will help protect against regular wear and tear.